Angela Simmons Talks Natural Hair!


The blogs were a buzz when the above pic hit the Twitterverse a few weeks back. Angela Simmons, natural?!

I caught up with the gorgeous designer and trendsetter in NYC during her bi-annual trek to Fashion week. She dished on her gorgeous mane and fall fashion trends.

On her hair and the twitter pic...
I’ve been natural for 3 years. I was wearing weaves and keeping my hair braided underneath and I was like, why am I still relaxing if I'm keeping it braided anyway?! I figured I didn't need the chemicals and plus it burned. So I guess you can say I transitioned. I never cut it, or got a major cut. I just stopped getting perms. I was experiencing major breakage from the perm and old color so I grew out the damage with the help of my stylist. My hair grows super fast underneath the weaves.

On her hair texture...
It’s soft and big and thick. And when I wash it, it curls up. I love it!

On her favorite products...

I don't really do my own hair, but for upkeep, I'll use Moroccan Oil. Other than that, I stay in the hair salon. I’m there like 2-3 times a week.

Come again?
I work out and I don’t want to look ugly afterward [Laughter] so I get my hair done a lot.

On typical salon appointments...
Washed, conditioned, straightened, curled, or weaved... basic stuff. I usually have a full head weave in for the most part because it’s just easier for my hectic lifestyle.

On her night regimen...
I’m supposed to wrap my hair every night but I don’t do anything. It's hard because I'm dead tired when I get home. The only time I consistently wrap my hair is when my stylist says things like, ‘you know your edges are going to start breaking and you’re going to go bald’. Then I wrap it every night for like a week, maybe 2, and then I’m back in my old habit of going straight to bed. It’s hard and that’s why a weave is easier for me because if my own hair was out I’d probably damage it.

On wearing her natural hair 'out'...

I had my own hair out recently for like a week, and felt like I needed some tracks for fullness... then that turned into a full head. I change my hair very often. I’m the girl who changes her hair all the time. My friends just stopped commenting. It’s black, it’s brown, it’s blond, it’s mixed, it’s short, it’s long. My favorite is longer. I enjoyed the short hair… I did that 2 weeks ago and then I got over it.

On wearing her hair curly...

To be honest, I haven’t done it since I was younger. I might revisit in the future but I’m enjoying the weaves right now. I like to change my look up too much and I enjoy the low maintenance. Plus, my real hair is thriving right now.

On her current projects...

Fashion week. I'm here gathering inspiration for my clothing line and learning everything I need to learn from different designers. Just brushing up on my craft pretty much, being here and being in this moment.

On advice for business women...
Make sure that whatever you’re doing, you stay true to who you are and make sure that you really love it. It has to be your passion. I can't stress that enough. People will be able to tell if you're not passionate about it. Also remember that nothing happens over night. Stick to your plan and keep moving forward.

On fall fashion trends...

So many great trends right now. Bell bottoms are back and I need me a nice pair. I'm also still seeing polka dots around right now. My fave right now are these wide leg bell bottoms though, they’re amazing. I’m short, so I don’t know why I love them, but some high heels will do the trick.

In her purse...
Tinted moisturizer, chapstick, water, gum, Blackberry, Iphone and my wallet so I can shop.

43 Weigh in!:
Anonymous said...

I'm confused. Is this all of her hair in this picture? She said she felt like she needed to add some hair for fullness.

Anonymous said...

No in this picture that's all her hair. If you follow her on Twitter she posted a pic of her natural hair straightened but added tracks because she says she needed fullness.

Anonymous said...

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misstatum said...

LOL that looks like me on the weekends!! But it's a pretty look on her....maybe she'll venture to wearing her natural soon....

TiAnna Mae said...

Her hair looks pretty full in the pic, but I guess it's a different story when it's straightened out???? When you have money, the traditional ways of taking care of hair that we use are obsolete! Salon visits 2-3 times a week??? My brain just can't compute. Nor do I think I would want to depend on someone else that much to take care of my hair.

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Anonymous said...

yea we can see why this interview was short.lol

Linden said...

She seems so daft.

Anonymous said...

"I don't really do my own hair... I stay in the hair salon. I’m there like 2-3 times a week."

....Lawd

Naturally Zee said...

Gotta realize, she's young and she's RICH!!! So what if she stays in the salon 2-3 times a week. Some people have live-in stylists/makeup artists, lol. And although her hair is very full, she's in an environment where "real" is never enough, so she's still adding pieces for volume. Wasn't the best interview, but certainly not the worst.

Syl said...

I liked the interview. She kept it real. I'd rather her tell it like it is, then lead us on to believe something untrue about her hair or routine. Great job, Nikki! :)

Anonymous said...

CN how do you get to interview/meet up with all these celebs!

Anonymous said...

Really 2 to 3 times a week who does that? U natural and u still can't do your own hair? Anyone else think its sad

Clara said...

Linden hit the nail right on the head. I was a fan of her on her family's show but stick to fashion and shoes.

She doesn't seem to know much about her own hair...

Unknown said...

Take it or leave it Angela did a great interview and I love her big mane

Annie L. said...

Lol! I guess this is the reprieve for that controversial BGLH interview? It's nice that she came off as focused, informed and interesting as opposed to the other. Wish her the best with her line, hope she does more acting.

Anonymous said...

Really 2 to 3 times a week who does that? U natural and u still can't do your own hair? Anyone else think its sad

Anonymous said...

She doesn't seem appropriate as a natural hair interviewee ... she wears weaves most of the time!

Marilyn said...

She's cute but that article did nothing for me. lol. NEXT!

Tasha25 said...

happy to see that nikki interviewed her! her hair is gorgeous! if she is able to pay someone else to handle her hair, that's great and her option. i don't see what the big deal is. at least her stylist is doing a great job...i mean look how great her hair is. i love doing my own hair but even i want an off day sometimes. i wish i knew a stylist that i could at least trust enough to go to once in a while.

Anonymous said...

Angela, if you read this, please ditch the weave one day and go with your natural curly hair. Natural hair is in, it's sexy, and you would be one of the celeb trendsetters (along with Solange and others) to make it a mainstay on red carpets everywhere. Your hair is beautiful and you can do so much with it. I'm glad it's thriving under your weaves. Trust us: you will feel so much freedom wearing it, feeling fly and showing it to the world with pride.

Anonymous said...

I agree, the article didn't really give insight on what she does to maintain her natural hair, various products she used, styles, etc. She throws a weave on her head, SMH. Didn't show old or new readers the acceptance of wearing your natural hair.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous hair!

Anonymous said...

under a weave most of the time! yuck

Anonymous said...

Loved the interview. I transitioned with weave and found nothing wrong with it. Her weave doesn't make her any less natural than anyone else. That's what makes being natural so wonderful, all the different options!

Anonymous said...

At anonymous 7:05pm: I don't think it's sad that she wears a weave. It's sad that you want others to join in your negative opinion of someone else.

There is no law that states having natural hair means you have to wear it out. Ever.

Personally, I've been natural three years and love it. Now that it's longer, it is time consuming. I don't think I'll relax, but I certainly understand anyone who wants to put their hair up and out of mind from week to week. If she can afford to have someone micro-manage it, good for her. I don't mind a bit.

Anonymous said...

Angela seems nice enough, but she wasn't the most engaging of interviewees. Sorry.
As for the 'weave wearing is natural' supporters, nay, nay and thrice nay!
Utter nonsense! How are you trying to claim that you are natural, when the hair that you present to the outside world on a daily basis is 100% Yaki or comes from the head of a straight haired Indian woman??
If you are wearing a weave, you are not natural. Period.
That's like wearing more make up than Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj put together, but claiming to be bare faced because once you wash it off, your face is natural. Stop with the foolishness!

Anonymous said...

Wow such hate. If she decides to wear a weave she is still natural. She doesn't have to do anything for anyone else but herself. Black on Black hate needs to stop somewhere. How she decides to wear her hair is her business. She has the money to do what she wants with it. Sometimes I want a weave so I dont have to deal with my natural hair cause it can be time consuming. If i had her money, I'd do exactly what she's doing.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why some people are so judgmental and radical! She chooses to wear weaves and to have her hair styled by someone else; great, if that is what works for her. She is obviously taking great care of her hair underneath those weaves because it looks long and healthy.

Anonymous said...

wearing weaves doesn't mean you're not natural. People are a trip these days.

Anonymous said...

The issue I have is the combination of her wearing weaves and not knowing about her hair. Natural hair is time consuming so I get not always wanting to style it, but not knowing the basics of how to care for your hair?! C'mon. If she had told us how she takes care of her natural hair under the weave it would have been different At least the interview would have been informative.

Anonymous said...

I know this post is super late, but I hate how people bash others for wearing "weaves and tracks", but say nothing about the women walking around with micro and box braids down their back. That hair ain't all theirs either, lol.

Anonymous said...

I thought being natural was the absence of chemicals being used on your hair? We can 't expect her to tell us how she cares for her natural hair because she doesn't, someone else does. Those of us who don't live her lifestyle have no idea how busy she must be; so whatever works for her: At least she is making sure her natural hair is taken care of: If she doesn't know how and she's can afford it letting someone take care of it is totally up to her: People complain about the unacceptance of natural hair but ironically we find reasons to reject the very people who are "natural" and not relaxing their hair; Kinda hypocritical and judgemental: There is no rulebook on what someone with natural hair needs to abide by: Let's be supportive to someone who chooses not to relax...

Anonymous said...

Natural hair is not a political statement for everyone. Angela perfectly explained how she became natural and it was no big deal for her to do so. But she likes a certain look and can afford to maintain that,so more power to her. Yes it would be ideal for her to know more about her hair underneath the weave, but I give her props for recognizing that getting relaxers/color and weaves together doesn't mix. Her stylist she is paying to take care of her hair is doing a great job, cause her natural hair is awesome. Besides, she said that due to her schedule and her tendencies she would probably damage her own hair if it was out. So it's a protective style--from herself, haha. Stop the hate on someone else's "journey" just because it's not like yours. Not everyone has to struggle or go through something crazy for their hair to be "natural". Sheesh!

Anonymous said...

I luv Angela...but i dont really know what to think of this. I mean who ever saw her "natural"???!! she's always wearing weaves!!!! the "im-natural-under-the-weave" thing doest make any sense.

Anonymous said...

i agree with anonymous 4:12. you gotta do what u gotta do and if thats what works for her thats her choice she is grown!! and i admire how she still obviously loves her natural hair and found it not robbery to show it to the world despite the negative comments and judgements im sure she knew shed get.

Anonymous said...

If I had the moolah...I too would be in the hair salon 2-3 days a week.
I love being naturalized, but I have a lazy-bone heavy hand. for reals!

Anonymous said...

I'm a working woman who works twelve hour shifts and I will wear a weave because I don't have time to properly care for my hair everyday. I know my natural hair and know what it takes to care for it. I don't think that we should put people down for their lifestyles. Some naturals are that way because they are against the harsh chemicals and they love the way GOD made their hair, not to show it off to everyone. I think her wearing weaves is no different than us putting on hats, make-up or even clothes for that matter. She's still natural. Lets love each other and not put each other down.

Anonymous said...

eh... can we move on to someone else who isnt an idiot when answering questions?

Anonymous said...

The big problem wasn't that she wears weave. The problem is that she stated that she feel ugly is he doesn't have it or doesn't stay in the salon 2-3 times per week. She's still perpetuating the stereotype of those with relaxed hair. She claims to be natural but still isn't confident in her natural state. Its very sad.

Anonymous said...

all of yall are stupid being natural isn't wearing weave its your own NATURAL hair too. so wearing weave without a perm is still not natural just shout the fuck up if you don't know what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

SMH @ allll these ppl with their very negative attitudes towards this young lady that wears weaves. I wear a weave myself and I talk to natural sisters all the time in the street about natural hair. And i make sure to tell them I'm natural but this is my protective styling. So?? Whats the Real problem with that? And by the way for all the Negative Nancy's on this post, dont blame Angela for having this interview. IT was CURLY NIKKI who seeked her out, HELLOO. ANd I agree with December 21, 2011 12:06 PM if I have some box braid extensions all year round but I say "underneath this is my natural hair" will you cut your eyes at me. Or will you accept it because its not...dear i say it... A WEAVE. I have to laugh because you and I know its the SAME thing. Dont be so judgemental, just accept everyones journey will not be identical to yours!!!

Anonymous said...

The comments were more interesting than her answers to the interview questions.

Anonymous said...

So she still has relaxed ends since she never cut them off? Does that mean she is not legitimately natural? The Natural
Nazis may not agree!

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